MapInMed Platform

MapInMed Platform
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National methodological platform for the study and reduction of social inequalities in oncology, certified by the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer.


The team

  • Director: Prof. Guy Launoy (CHU university hospital in Caen)

The team is comprised of 6 professionals: 1 director (Guy Launoy), 1 researcher (Olivier Dejardin), 2 study engineers (Ludivine Launay, Fanny Deshayes-Pinçon), 1 technician (Catherine Grin) and 1 administrative manager (Isabelle Salomez). They work respectively on tools to measure access to care and/or social inequalities, on the improvement of geolocation techniques, on project management and on data geolocation.

Research activity

The aim of the MapInMed platform is to provide expertise in the field of social inequalities and access to healthcare, together with associated tools. Its research focuses on improving the methodology of the tools it provides, taking into account existing techniques (bibliography watch) and recent evolutions, or the creation of new tools. Issues relating to social inequalities and access to healthcare all require data geolocation on varying scales depending on the study theme (precise (x,y) coordinates, attribution of an ‘IRIS’ – grouped islet for statistical information, commune, etc.). Such geolocation is conducted by the platform thanks to tools adapted to the study and following authorisation from the CNIL (National Commission for Data Processing and Liberties).

Technical resources

The platform collects geographical data provided by official sources (IGN, ESRI France, HERE…) and regularly updated. Staff are training in the use of associated software, principally ArcGIS ©.

Major publications

La méthodologie de construction d’un indice d’accessibilité aux soins de premier recours en France métropolitaine (l’indice SCALE) a été publiée dans Plos One en août 2019 (Launay L, Guillot F, Gaillard D, Medjkane M, Saint-Gérand T, Launoy G, Dejardin O. Methodology for building a geographical accessibility health index throughout metropolitan France. PLoS One. 2019;14(8):e0221417. ). Cet indice, réalisé en collaboration avec le laboratoire UMR CNRS 266 IDEES Caen, est construit à l’échelle de la zone résidentielle.

L’European Deprivation Index est un indice européen de déprivation à l’échelle agrégée. Il a fait l’objet de diverses publications aussi bien dans le cadre de sa version nationale (Pornet C, Delpierre C, Dejardin O,, Grosclaude P, Launay L, Guittet L, Lang T, Launoy G. Construction of an adaptable European transnational ecological deprivation index: the French version. J Epidemiol Community Health 2012;66:982–9.; Guillaume E, Pornet C, Dejardin O, Launay L, Lillini R, Vercelli M, Marí-Dell’Olmo M, Fernández Fontelo A, Borrell C, Ribeiro AI, Pina MF, Mayer A, Delpierre C, Rachet B, Launoy G. Development of a cross-cultural deprivation index in five European countries. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016;70(5):493-9. ) que dans celui de son développement à l’échelle européenne (Ribeiro AI, Launay L, Guillaume E, Launoy G, Barros H. The Portuguese version of the European Deprivation Index: Development and association with all-cause mortality. PLoS One. 2018;13(12):e0208320.; Zadnik V, Guillaume E, Lokar K, Žagar T, Primic Žakelj M, Launoy G, Launay L. Slovenian Version of The European Deprivation Index at Municipal Level. Zdr Varst. 2018;57(2):47-54).


At regional level
  • cancer registries
  • organised cancer screening management structures
  • ARS – regional healthcare agency
  • Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest
  • Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest data management centre
At national level
  • certified by the Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer
  • INCa – French national cancer institute
  • Santé Publique France,
  • organised cancer screening management structures
At international level
  • Cancer registries

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